Half Notes: Jimmie Vaughan – Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites (2011)

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Vaughan dishes a second helping of obscure blues covers with Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites. Fast on the heels of the well-received Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites from last year, everything great about that record is present on this one: Vaughan’s cropped, cool guitar picking, his smooth, drawling croon, the old school mono live-in-the-studio recording and some guest vocalist spots by the reigning queen of Austin, Texas blue singers, Lou Ann Barton. Toss in some jump blues sax by former members of Roomful of Blues, and Vaughan has the perfect recreation of vintage rhythm and blues from the mid-20th century that were important building blocks for rock ‘n’ roll. It’s impossible to pick out standouts because it’s all good, but the Barton duet “No Use Knocking” (Youtube below), the shuffling “It’s Been A Long Time” and the Jimmy Reed cover “I’m A Love You” hit the spot particularly well. If you wanna party like the cool kids of your parents’/grandparents’ generation, this is your party record. Turns out, they knew how to throw down back then, and no one understands that better than Jimmie Vaughan.

Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites comes out tomorrow, July 26.

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S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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